spaces: Communal Coffee

On the corner of Texas St and University Ave in San Diego, lies a subtle coffee shop named Communal Coffee. On a beautiful Thursday afternoon, we were invited to go over and check out their space and what they're all about. Here's our photo journey.

the front door of communal coffee and native coffee in san diego
cactus planter at communal coffee in san diego

Walking into a two-way entrance, you easily get the sense that this place is not just a coffee shop. With an abundant amount of greenery, Communal Coffee resembled more of a botanical garden with a coffee shop inside. And we're not talking about the one or two succulents sporadically placed on tables.

coffee + flowers mural in the backyard of communal coffee and native poppy

If this didn't make it clear enough, Communal Coffee shares a space with Native Poppy, a floral arrangement shop. We typically enjoy coffee shops for the coffee, but the flowers here definitely added to the experience.

close up of coffee grinder at communal coffee
a coffee barista brewing coffee at communal coffee

As we walked in, we felt welcomed by Amy and the staff. The space itself consisted of a mixture of mid-century and contemporary tones similar to a lot of coffee shops we know, but they did it right by including Native Poppy in the mix.

With the addition of all the greenery, you can definitely imagine drinking your morning coffee in the forest. Something you don't quite get in the city.

the commuter tote bag lifestyle shot at communal coffee
painted mural of flowers at native poppy
floral decor at communal coffee and native poppy
mural of cacti and succulents with shelves for planters
pretty wild flowers at native poppy
interior lighting at communal coffee
man sitting at coffee shop communal coffee with hung ceiling planters
coffee barista pouring milk to prepare a latte at communal coffee

Communal Coffee is the first in San Diego to serve coffee by Sightglass Coffee Roasters based in San Francisco. We've definitely been there back home so it's nice to get some familiarity in San Diego.

a finished coffee latte with flower at communal coffee
decor lighting and planters at communal coffee
free flowers on the front desk of native poppy
wall planters and wall succulent decor
floralist in action
close up shot of plant leaf

In the first half of the shop lies the checkout for Native Poppy and Communal Coffee, but it's nice that they include a separate half purely for studying and socializing. 

people working and studying at communal coffee

A lot of shops we know give off the sense that you can't quite touch everything and feel at home. Communal makes you feel welcomed with the type of furnishings they place around. A solid blend of comfort and aesthetics. 

comfortable couch at communal coffee
interior lighting decor with people working at a coffee shop
succulents hanging off the wall

We had a solid time exploring the space itself and meeting the staff. Thanks to Amy of Communal Coffee for having us over. We'll be sure to pay more visits in the future.

If you want to check them out, feel free to visit their Website and Instagram.